Gail Eskew Appointed as Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010
Dec. 6, 2004
Gail Eskew Appointed as Director of the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed a new director today to lead the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection. Gail Eskew, the agency’s acting director since May 15, was chosen for the position.
A 21-year veteran of the department, Eskew will begin her new duties today. She was selected as a result of a nationwide search that began this summer.
As director, Eskew will manage a $23.3 million budget and a staff of 92. Currently, Eskew serves on numerous boards and interagency task forces, including the Emergency Management Coordinating Committee, the I-Net Task Force, and the Critical Infrastructure and Power Summit. She also serves as a liaison to the Consumer Protection Commission and the Tenant Landlord Commission.
Since 1983, Eskew has headed the Communications Productions Division of the Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection. In this capacity, she oversaw the development of communications products to meet the needs of citizens, elected officials and county government through technology, primarily cable television programs on the county government cable Channel 16 and multi-media initiatives. Eskew developed the cable TV station from the ground up, designing all staff positions and audio-visual needs for the county and initiated Channel 16 programming. Additionally, she developed the internal cable training channel for the development of Fairfax County government employees.
Eskew has led Channel 16 to a national reputation of excellence. Since its creation, Channel 16 has won over 150 awards for government programming, including 13 prestigious Cable Ace Awards – the “Oscar” of the cable television industry – and is a two-time winner of the Best Government Access Cable Station in the U.S. award from the Alliance for Community Media.
She began her career with Fairfax County as a management analyst with the Department of Consumer Affairs in 1983, where among her duties was handling consumer complaints.
Before coming to work for the county, Eskew served as a project director and associate producer/writer for two PBS television series; a freelance producer and writer of instructional training and motivational videotapes and workbooks; and reporter/host of the St. Petersburg Times Cable TV, the first all-news local cable channel in the country.
A graduate of the University of South Florida, she received a bachelor’s degree in communications and completed graduate courses in telecommunications policy towards a master’s degree from The George Washington University. Eskew is also a graduate of the Leadership Fairfax program, class of 1998.
Eskew’s salary will be $115,500 a year.
For more information, please contact the Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection at 703-324-5949, TTY 711.